In the Upper Gulf of California, Mexico, every sighting of a live vaquita is a good day for the species. Describing any chance encounter with vaquita as incredibly rare is a grand understatement. Photographs of any live animals are few and far between. They only seem to emerge randomly online every two or three years now.
While in El Golfo, I visited the local high school to show video and photos to students of vaquita that I filmed only a few days earlier. Unbelievably, it was the first time anyone had visited them and their school to talk about the vaquita.
For the past year, Miguel Reyes Franco has been taking part in the alternative gear experiments in the region. He gives us an insight into the issues surrounding Vaquita conservation from a fishermen’s perspective.